9781580088381

College Rules! : How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College

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    9781580088381

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    1580088384

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2007-04-01
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
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Summary

In high school, students have lots of safety nets. In college, they sink or swim. This completely revised guide to college success educates students in the basic college survival skills that professors don't teach, such as how to study, take tests, balance school and social life, and more. Filled with advice on how to hit the campus running, this fun-spirited crash course in the rules of college provides tools to equip students for a lifetime of learning. A thorough revision of the popular guide to all things college, with three completely new chapters on research papers, theories of learning, and Q&As. Includes helpful sidebars, such as sad-but-true student stories, study tips, and info for nontraditional students, as well as special coaching for struggling students. Previous edition has sold 40,000 copies.Reviews"Worth a look, if you're headed for college or getting ready to apply."-San Diego Union Tribune

Author Biography

JODI PATRICK HOLSCHUH, PhD, is an award-winning associate professor in the Division of Academic Enhancement at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.


SHERRIE NIST-OLEJNIK, PhD, has been teaching for 23 years and is a professor emeritus in the Division of Academic Enhancement at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
You're in the Big Time Nowp. 7
Doing Collegep. 8
But What if I Wasn't the World's Greatest High School Student?p. 11
Six Ways College Differs from High Schoolp. 12
Don't Mess Upp. 16
Where to Find the Help You Needp. 19
I Need Help!p. 21
Getting Hassle-Free Helpp. 24
A Few Words about Professorsp. 28
Just What the Heck Do Professors Do?p. 29
I Have an Appointment with One of "Them"-Now What?p. 30
Hangin' with Your Profsp. 34
What Do Your Profs Think about You?p. 36
Zen and the Art of Course Selectionp. 38
Racking Up the Credits: How Many Courses Should You Take?p. 59
Ohmmmm: Creating a Balancep. 39
Working with Your Advisorp. 41
Choosing Your Professorsp. 43
Making a Planp. 43
Withdrawal Symptomsp. 46
Know Thy GPAp. 48
Major Decisions: Selecting a Field of Studyp. 51
Help! I Don't Know What I Want to Do When I Grow Upp. 52
So Many Choices!p. 55
Double (or Even Triple) Majorsp. 58
Major Assistance Is Out Therep. 59
Why Choosing a Major # Choosing a Careerp. 60
Classes, Work, and Play: Adjusting to the Demands of Collegep. 63
Lots of Changesp. 64
Characteristics of Well-Rounded Studentsp. 71
Timely Tips: The ABC(& D)s of Time Managementp. 74
The Forty-Hour Mindsetp. 75
The Alphabet Approach: ABC(& D)s of Managing Your Lifep. 77
The Advantages of Excelling at Time Managementp. 85
"I Think I Can, I Think I Can": Getting and Staying Motivatedp. 87
Setting Goals You Can Accomplishp. 88
Getting Motivatedp. 92
And Staying Motivatedp. 94
Reviving Your Motivationp. 96
Arrrrrrrgh! and Other Ways to Handle Stressp. 99
Good Stress/Bad Stressp. 100
What Causes College Stress?p. 100
Academic Stressp. 101
Nonacademic College Stressp. 103
What Does Stress Do to You?p. 105
Reducing Stress Levelsp. 106
What's It All About? Understanding How You Learnp. 111
Profiles of Amazing Studentsp. 112
Learning Mattersp. 117
How the Learning Thing Really Worksp. 119
Can You Believe That?p. 122
How Certain Are You?p. 123
Is It Really That Simple?p. 124
How Quick Should Learning Be?p. 126
Who's in Charge?p. 128
Are You Math-Brained or English-Brained?p. 130
Transforming Your Beliefsp. 131
A Moment of Silence, Please: Concentrating While You Studyp. 133
Creating a First-Rate Learning Environmentp. 134
Getting Rid of Distractionsp. 136
Six Ways to Improve Concentrationp. 141
Your Course Syllabus Is Your Friendp. 144
Anatomy of a Syllabusp. 145
What Can Your Syllabus Do for You?p. 152
What's Up, Doc? Understanding Your Prof's Expectationsp. 154
Why Bother Figuring Out the Tasks?p. 155
Figuring It Outp. 156
Computer Tasks in Your Classesp. 162
But What If You Still Don't Get It?p. 164
Smart Strategy Selectionp. 165
Take Note!p. 168
Write On: Some Terrific Note-Taking Tipsp. 169
Be Creative: Use the Split-Page Method of Note Takingp. 174
You're Almost There: Self-Testing Using the Split-Page Methodp. 177
Different Strokes for Different Folks: Modifying the Split-Page Methodp. 179
Getting in Gear: Preparing to Read Your Textsp. 183
Get to Know Your Textbooksp. 184
Warming Upp. 186
Ready...Set...Read!p. 188
Reading on the Computerp. 190
Active Readingp. 192
Reading for Learningp. 195
Strategies for Active Readingp. 196
The Nuts and Bolts of Annotationp. 197
A Sample Annotationp. 199
Studying Your Annotationsp. 202
Three Rs and an M: Remembering What You Have Read and Heardp. 205
Reflecting: Thinking about Informationp. 206
Rehearsing: Getting Information into Your Memoryp. 208
Reviewing: Keeping Information in Memoryp. 216
Monitoring Your Learningp. 218
Studying Smarterp. 221
Being Flexible: Selecting and Modifying Strategiesp. 222
Acting Like Einstein: Studying in the Sciencesp. 224
Beyond Freud and Mead: Studying in the Social Sciencesp. 227
The Art of the Dance: Studying in the Humanitiesp. 228
Parlez-vous Francais? Studying Foreign Languagesp. 230
X + Y = What? Studying Mathematicsp. 231
Everything You Wanted to Know about Research and Presentations but Were Afraid to Askp. 236
Finding Resources in the Library and on the Webp. 237
Forget the Five-Paragraph Essayp. 241
The Confusing World of Plagiarismp. 245
Creating First-Rate Presentationsp. 247
It's More Than Multiple-Guess: Prepping for and Taking Objective Examsp. 251
Studying for Objective Examsp. 253
Tips for Taking Objective Examsp. 259
Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe...If You Have to Guessp. 262
An A+ for You: Evaluating Your Test Performancep. 263
Bluebook Blues: Prepping for and Taking Essay Examsp. 265
Studying for Essay Examsp. 266
It's All in the Way It's Wordedp. 268
Elements of a Good Essayp. 270
Put It in Writingp. 272
Is That Your Final Answer?p. 277
Smart Exam Prepp. 278
Taking Exams on a Computerp. 279
A Word about Crammingp. 281
Acing Examsp. 282
Surviving Midterms and Finalsp. 284
Just the FAQs: Frequently Asked Questionsp. 289
One Final, Unsolicited Piece of Advicep. 296
About the Authorsp. 297
Indexp. 300
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